Establishing paternity of a child serves many legal purposes. If a father refuses to pay child support, a test confirming his paternity can force him to provide financial support for his child. If a mother is denying a father visitation, establishment of paternity gives the father grounds for the court to order custody and visitation.
Disestablishing paternity also serves a legal purpose. A test disestablishing paternity prevents a parent asked to pay child support from assuming financial responsibility for a child who is not his. It can also prevent a man who is not the father from trying to get custody or visitation rights.
Although establishing or disestablishing paternity has a medical aspect, it is a very complicated legal process. Getting the test done at all often requires a court order to get the potential father, or the mother, to order the testing. When you need to determine paternity, you need a legal representative who understands the delicate nature of establishing/disestablishing paternity and the complicated process.
Paternity Establishment in California
The legal determination of paternity does not necessarily require litigation. If a man believes he is the father of a child and doesn’t wants physical proof before taking on parental responsibilities, he can sign a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity to establish paternity. Many couples who have a child out of wedlock choose to establish paternity by declaration, after which the father not only agrees to take on financial responsibility, but also gets full biological rights to the child, including visitation and future involvement in the child’s life. At other times, the courts may have to order genetic testing. Either way, paternity testing is legal verification of the paternity of the child, which provides protection to the child and both parents.
Fresno Paternity Attorney
Establishing or disestablishing paternity can be one of the most important things you can do for your child’s well-being. The Law Offices of Raed “Ron” J. Nijmeddin help men and women in Fresno and Madera Counties determine paternity in the family court system. When you know the paternity of the child, you can ensure the child has the financial support necessary throughout his or her youth and both parents have the right to partake in the child’s life, with two parents. Mr. Nijmeddin can help you file to establish or disestablish paternity so you can give the child the financial and emotional support he or she deserves.